A common difficulty students have with multiplication is matching an array with the correct multiplication problem. It is important for students to understand that while 3 x 4 is equal to 4 x 3, their arrays will look different. 3 x 4 is illustrated with three rows of four, while 4 x 3 is has four rows of three. By understanding this difference between the two number sentences students will have a deeper understanding of multiplication.
By combining the game of memory with this skill, students will enjoy interacting with their classmates while mastering the multiplication skill of arrays!